Heist : superlobbyist Jack Abramoff, his Republican allies, and the buying of Washington / Peter H. Stone.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.
214 pages ; 24 cm
Formatted Contents Note
Double-dealing The birth of a lobbyist Miami vice The Indian casino empire The fix The influence machine Conduits are us Endgame The rules of the game.
Before he took up lobbying, Jack Abramoff was an aspiring moviemaker who cowrote and produced Red Scorpion, a Cold War potboiler starring hulking Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren. It drew decidedly mixed reviews. Century Strategies, Ralph Reed's Georgia-based consulting firm, was paid close to 6 million dollars by two of Abramoff's casino-rich tribal clients. A little more than a third of the money was funneled through a "think tank" that Scanlon set up in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, a seaside getaway three hours from Washington. It was run with the help of a lifeguard and a yoga instructor. Six casino-rich Indian tribes paid an astonishing total of 82 million dollars to superlobbyish Jack Abramoff and public relations whiz Michael Scanlon. Abramoff and Scanlon devised a secret a kickback scheme-dubbed "Gimme five"-to split and pocket more than 40 million dollars of these tribal payments.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages -199) and index.